Real Madrid vs Manchester City: prediction for the Champions League match
Real Madrid welcome Manchester City to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium for the second leg of their Champions League semifinal match. Which club will become the second finalist of the tournament? Here's our prediction.
It has been an impressive Champions League campaign for Real Madrid. Los Blancos finished the group stage in the first place with a five-point lead over Inter Milan. In the first game of the playoffs, the team lost to PSG, but Karim Benzema's hat-trick in the second leg turned the match around. Benzema netted his second hat-trick in the first quarterfinal game against Chelsea and then scored the winning goal for Real in the second game.
Last week, Galacticos and Manchester City put up a great performance in England. The Spanish club lost 3:4 and will strive to overturn the one-goal deficit at home.
Carlo Ancelotti's charges won the Spanish Super Cup and secured their 35th La Liga title ahead of schedule. In the last outing, Real Madrid crushed Espanyol with a score of 4:0.
Hazard, Alaba, Jovic, and Bale have been ruled out of this game.
Manchester Cityalso won their group and confidently passed the first playoffs round. In the first-leg game against the Portuguese champion Sporting CP, the Sky Bluesgot a crushing 5:0 victory, and then played out a goalless draw in the second leg.
In the quarterfinal match, Pep Guardiola's men knocked out the reigning champion of Spain, Atletico Madrid. Once again, they won the first game (1:0), and we quite happy with another goalless draw in the second game.
The City team leads the Premier League standings with 83 points from 34 games. The defending champions have recorded 26 victories and five draws and conceded only 21 goals - this is the best defensive record in the league. In the last two games, Man City beat Watford (5:1) and Leeds (4:0).
Walker, Stones, Ake, Mendy are unavailable for the visitors.
Real Madrid have won 7 of their last 10 home games.
In Real's last 4 home games, goals were scored in both halves.
In 3 of the last 5 games of the hosts, this bet won.
There were no penalties in 3 of the last 5 head-to-head games.
Manchester City are one of the favourites to win the Champions League this year, but the team has had an intense season and gave a lot of their energy to the Premier League. The English title race is still on, and the last few games will determine the winner. Real, on the other hand, just won La Liga and can afford to put all their energy into the upcoming game. We predict a victory for the hosts.
Our prediction — Asian handicap (0) to Real Madrid
Los Blancos have won two of their last three games against Manchester City, and they will do their utmost to earn the victory today. Our prediction is that 90 minutes of football will be enough for the hosts to win.
Second bet — Real Madrid to win